Health Protocols

UofL's top priority is to safely welcome students, faculty and staff to campus this fall. The university is working to achieve this through a variety of health measures that will help everyone stay safe, stay healthy and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Health and safety protocols

UofL has established the following health and safety protocols for all university members to follow while on any university campus. Additionally, all university members are expected to stay in compliance with state and federal safety guidelines.

  1. Practice physical distancing and stay 6 feet apart.
  2. Wear a mask or face covering in common areas and avoid touching your face.
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue then throw that tissue in the trash.
  4. Disinfect used surfaces and frequently touched objects.
  5. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  6. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
  7. Stay home if you are feeling sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If you are concerned you may have COVID-19, or may have been in contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19, see the COVID-19 testing and mitigation section below for steps to take.

More Information

One washable mask will be provided to every employee and student on campus. University members should provide their own backup masks. Exceptions to required masking may be granted for health reasons. For information contact Campus Health

Mask and face covering policy

Additional information for admissions visitors

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Mask requirement

Masks or face coverings are required in all public, indoor areas on campus. The university will provide all students, faculty and staff with one cloth mask, but individuals will need to provide their own additional masks or face coverings. Please take time to get familiar with the university’s Mask and Face Covering Policy. Additionally, review the Mask FAQs for helpful answers to questions such as, “How will I receive my mask?” "What if I have a private office?" and more.

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Campus procedures

    • Training videos, hosted on our Safe Colleges training module platform, will be emailed to all university members and are required to be completed before returning to campus. The training videos will cover university actions and individual responsibilities for a safe return to campus.
    • A daily symptom check will be required of all university members before leaving their home/residential hall. Instructions will be emailed with a link to the website and guidance on how to utilize the features which will also provide easy access to testing information, who to call, etc.
    • Signage that illustrates the seven health and safety protocols is being posted and distributed across campus. All main entry/exit doors of buildings, restrooms, elevators, service centers and high traffic areas will have some form of flyer, banner, floor marking or window decal posted to remind everyone of the requirement to maintain physical distance and wear a mask or face covering.
    • Facility enhancements such as barriers/sneeze guards will be installed in various reception areas, food service areas and other high traffic environments with face-to-face interaction. Air flow and fresh outside air exchanges will be increased through buildings where possible. HEPA filters in buildings will be provided, where possible. Furniture is being rearranged where possible to achieve proper physical distancing.
    • Disinfection stations will be provided in all classrooms and  disinfection products are available upon request by departments for office spaces. Physical Plant will provide hand sanitizer dispensers, as well as disinfection spray and paper towels for use at classrooms. Physical Plant will refill supplies and there will be an informational card left at all disinfection stations for how to contact them if supply runs low. Over 900 wall-mounted hand sanitizer units will be mounted in hallways and common areas throughout all three campuses and Physical Plant will also refill those. 
    • Physical Plant will conduct cleaning, enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices, in accordance with CDC guidelines, of frequently occupied spaces and frequently touched surfaces. Disinfection of frequently touched surfaces will be done once daily, between 10pm and 7am Monday through Friday, primarily using electrostatic sprayers. Electrostatic sprayers uses electromagnetic charges to make disinfection solutions adhere to and wrap around targeted surfaces. Targeted spaces include frequently used classrooms, assembly areas, corridors, common areas, lounges, and more. Targeted surfaces include manual light switches, doorknobs/push handles, chairs with arm handles, tables, elevator buttons, handrails, and more. For more details, read the Cleaning and Disinfection section of the FAQs. 
    • Events and meetings should be virtual when possible or when a space is not large enough to observe physical distancing of six feet, in addition to wearing a mask or face covering. Gatherings of any kind on campus must follow all health and safety protocols, and organizers will be responsible for arranging spaces to keep attendees six feet apart and reminding attendees they must wear a mask or face covering. This is in accordance with the governor's order on mass gatheringseffective July 20. That order, which limited social gatherings for the public to only 10 people, does not restrict gatherings at universities and other entities that have been given permission to reopen as part of Kentucky's Healthy at Work guidelines. If you are a UofL student, please view the COVID-19 Guidelines for Student Events and Meetings.  Students wishing to host an event should complete the Student Events and Meetings during COVID-19 Form. 
    • Travel this will be subject to similar policies and restrictions set during the spring. See the homepage's Travel Guidelines section for the university’s updated  Domestic Travel Policy and International Travel Policy.

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Testing

Testing for COVID-19 will be provided by the university in two waves:

    1. Testing will first be available on weekdays from August 10 through August 21 on the Belknap and HSC campuses for any university member who wishes to be tested. Additional details on how to get registered and tested during this time period are outlined below.
    2. For the remainder of the semester, UofL's Campus Health team will continue providing tests for our university community; however, they will have to prioritize those tests for university members displaying symptoms.

First Wave of Testing Details
UofL has contracted the Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory to operate four different testing sites for our university community over the next two weeks. Use the instructions below to get registered as soon as possible.

  • How to Register:
    Go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040445a5a622a6fa7-bluewater1 and follow the steps provided on the registration portal. You will receive immediate confirmation of your appointment time after registering.
  • Dates and Times:
    Starting Monday, all four testing sites will be open on weekdays for two weeks: August 10-14 and August 17-21. Testing sites on the Belknap campus will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Testing sites on the Health Sciences Center campus will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Belknap campus locations: 

Cardinal Stadium
Address: 2800 S. Floyd Street
Room: Brown & Williamson Suite

Student Recreation Center
Address: 2030 S. 4th Street
Room: MAC court

University Club
Address: 200 E.  Brandeis Ave.
Room: Ballroom

  • HSC campus locations

Abell Building
Address: 323 E. Chestnut Street 
Rooms: 109 and 110

  • What to Bring
    Your university ID and your medical insurance card. If you do not have medical insurance, be prepared to provide your social security number to testing officials.
  • What to Expect
    Be sure to wear a mask upon arrival to the testing sites and practice physical distancing while waiting.
    Please exit the testing site immediately following your test. Your results will be texted to you. If you test positive for COVID-19 you will receive a call from Campus Health.

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COVID-19 mitigation

Despite the university's best efforts to test widely for COVID-19 and institute policies and protocols for preventing the spread of the virus, we know that positive cases will inevitably arise on campus. When those cases happen, our Physical Plant department will disinfect spaces and surfaces; and, Campus Health’s contact tracing specialists will alert those who may have been exposed. Remember, by everyone wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and contacting Campus Health at the first signs and symptoms of COVID-19, our university can mitigate the spread of the virus. In this section, you will find the ways in which UofL is responding to COVID-19 cases.


  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to self-isolate. See below for the different scenarios:
    • Individuals with COVID-19 who have symptoms and test positive may discontinue isolation after 10 days if they do not have a fever within the last 24 hours of isolation without the use of fever reducing medication and their symptoms have improved. Otherwise, they will remain in isolation beyond the required 10 days until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication or symptoms improve.
    • Individuals with asymptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 may discontinue isolation after 10 days if they do not have a fever within the last 24 hours of isolation without the use of fever reducing medications. Otherwise, they will remain in isolation beyond 10 days until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. Generally, testing is not recommended to return to classes or work when using the time based return to duties approach
    • Please note: A negative test at any point in the isolation period doesn’t shorten the isolation time and university members are not required to show proof of a negative test in order to return to campus.
  • UofL's contact tracing team of dedicated university health professionals will continue to trace, notify, and properly advise any individuals who may have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 person. 
  • Exposure to COVID-19, as defined by the governor’s office, is considered being within 6 feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID without either person wearing a mask or face covering for a period of 10 minutes or longer. If a university member has been exposed, per CDC guidelines they must isolate for 14 days and be symptom-free at the end of that time before returning to campus. If they develop symptoms during this time, they should contact their medical provider or Campus Health for guidance.
  • UofL will monitor coronavirus infection rates in the community and — if warranted due to increasing infection levels — implement randomized, broad-based testing to identify, isolate and trace the virus.
  • Wastewater from different parts of campus (e.g. residence halls) will be analyzed as an early detection system for coronavirus, followed by individual testing as indicated.
  • If you are concerned you may have COVID-19, or may have been in contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19, you should:
    • Stay at home.
    • Notify Campus Health at 502-852-6446 or hlthoff@louisville.edu. Campus Health will provide students, faculty and staff guidance on isolation and testing.
    • Contact your medical provider.
    • If you are an employee, notify your supervisor.

Even if you decide to seek care from your own medical provider, be sure to still inform Campus Health so the university can effectively track COVID-19 cases and ensure proper isolation procedures for our campus community. Those who can study or work from home will have that option during isolation with approval. A note from your medical provider will be required before returning to on-site classes or work.

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Health recommendations

  • Flu shots are highly recommended for all students, faculty and staff to protect the community from flu and to avoid overwhelming the campus and community health care systems during flu season. Many common symptoms of the flu are also symptoms of COVID-19. Because these two viruses will likely coincide in the fall, it will allow our health care system to remain agile if more people are vaccinated for the flu and less likely to present with symptoms.
  • Create a support and resiliency plan. Make plans for regular check-ins with your friends, family and your support networks. If you're an employee, touch base with your supervisor and co-workers. Be honest about how you are doing. Some university resources include:

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Other ways UofL is responding

The Co-Immunity Project, a groundbreaking collaboration to track and curb COVID-19 in Kentucky, tests health care workers and the general public in Metro Louisville and is a national example for developing a COVID-19 early warning system.

UofL has numerous ongoing clinical trials and others just starting in our hospitals and clinics and around the country to block COVID-19 from infecting people, limit its replication if people are infected and help those most sickened by the disease.

Our public health experts have developed the models used to project outbreaks and make sure the university and Metro Louisville are proactive in our management of the virus.

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